Cleveland Humanities Festival

I Will Sing For You rocks Cleveland Humanities Festival

On Sat. 3/17 & Sun. 3/18, Lit Cleveland delivered one of its major programs of the year, entitled I Will Sing For You. In collaboration with acclaimed Director Dale Heinen, I Will Sing For You featured five professional actors  performing original work by area writers on the themes of health, illness, the American health care system, health inequality, and related topics.

Over the course of two evenings, I Will Sing For You attracted around 125 attendees, many of whom referred to the performance as "dynamic and well-rounded", "really worthwhile, and "balanced and inspiring." And despite the emotionally charged subject matter, the written pieces featured in I Will Sing For You approached themes with great sensitivity and nuance.  

We'd like to thank all of the writers who lended their voice to this performance:  Nicholas Cohen, Diane Vogel Ferri, Aubrey Hirsch, Ray McNiece, Philip Metres, Darlene Montonaro, Robin Pease, Mimi Plevin-Foust, Susan Rakow, Jane Richmond, Elaine Schleiffer, Karen Schubert, Jill Sell, Mary Weems, and Joe Kapitan. Thanks also to all of the many writers who submitted their work for consideration.

A heartfelt thanks too to Director Dale Heinen, who beautifully adapted these written works into a fluid and compelling show, as well as actors Davis Aguila, Andrea Belser, David Bugher, Anne McEvoy, and Kimberly Silas, who helped bring these words to life.

Finally, we'd like to thank the George Gund Foundation, Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Cleveland Humanities Festival, Cleveland State University, and Margaret Wong and Associates, without whose support this program would not have been possible.

Actors Kimberly Silas, Davis Aguila, Andrea Belser, Anne McEvoy and David Bugher (left to right) rock the stage

Writers Mimi Plevin Foust, Jill Sell, Mary Weems, Susan Rakow, and Philip Metres gather for a photo following Sunday's show. Thank you all for lending your voice to this performance!